Arsenal revive interest in rival star striker

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Arsenal are continuing to monitor the availability of Chelsea forward Demba Ba and hope that the arrival of a star striker at Stamford Bridge this month will make the Blues more receptive to a new loan offer, according to The Telegraph.

The Gunners attempted to land Ba on transfer-deadline day last summer but were ultimately rebuffed by Chelsea, who refused to let the forward join a direct title rival and instead allowed Romelu Lukaku to leave for Everton.

Chelsea have reportedly offered around £50m to Napoli for Gonzalo Higuain this week and are thought to have told Ba that he can leave on loan if that deal materialises before the window shuts.

The 28-year-old has started just twice in the Premier League this season and is yet to complete a full 90 minutes, scoring just once in eight domestic appearances.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho has largely kept Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto'o ahead of the Senegalese striker this term, a position which has fuelled his desire to seek regular first-team football elsewhere.

Arsenal would certainly offer more consistent playing time with only Olivier Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner as recognised centre-forwards, but Chelsea will almost certainly swiftly reject an approach from across the capital unless their search for a new star striker bears fruit.

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